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PRC Senior Retreat at Gull Lake Ministries - September 26-29, 2017

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Senior Retreat: Attend this year’s senior retreat at beautiful Gull Lake Ministries, Sept.26-29, 2017.

The theme is “Magnifying Christ in Life and Death.” Phil. 1:20, 21. The speakers are Rev. G. Eriks, Professor D. Engelsma, and Rev.J.  Slopsema.

Registration is May 1-July 31 at http://hollandgrandvilleseniorretreat2017.com/

If you are unable to go online for the registration form or have questions, please call Gretine Bodbyl at 616.538.3403.

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PRC Congregational and Mission News - March 19, 2017 (Updated)

winter is pastThe following PRC congregational and mission news items may be reported on this Lord's Day of March 19, 2017.

Congregational news:

  • Rev. C. Haak (pastor of Georgetown PRC) is considering the call to Zion PRC (Hudsonville/Jenison, MI).
  • Rev. Steven Key (pastor of Loveland, CO PRC) is considering the call to Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI).
  • The Council of First PRC, Holland, MI formed a new trio of Rev. S. Key, Rev. W. Langerak and Rev. J. Mahtani. UPDATE: At her congregational meeting Sunday evening, March 19, Rev. S. Key received the call to "come over and help" her.

 philmap2Mission news:

  • Rev. W. Langerak (pastor of SE PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) continues to consider the call from Byron Center PRC to serve as home missionary.
  • The Council of Doon PRC has drawn up a new trio for calling a third missionary to the Philippines: Revs. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), and B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA). The congregation voted to extend a call to Rev. B. Huizinga on March 19.
  • From the Maranatha PRC bulletin for this date we learn this: Rev. Kleyn and Sharon will be traveling to Negros Occidental this week to labor among the saints there. Later this week and over this coming weekend, Rev. Kleyn will travel to Albuera, Leyte with a delegation of the PRCP (Rev. John Flores and Elder Eric Mescallado) in order to investigate the possibility of the PRFA (Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera) becoming a mission work of the PRCP.
  • For pictures and information on this field, visit the Kleyn's blog and the Holstege's blog.

 

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Myanmar Report of Rev. Titus - March 2017

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Dear brethren,

 

Greetings in our sovereign covenant Lord's name. I believed that for His mercy you are doing well in this cold winter there. Now, Summer is in full swim, all the time hot.

Thank you for sending again the delegates to us, and making teaching sections. These are so valuable for us, because people here regard as standard of reformed truth, so what you teach is final, especially in our reformed truth. This time the subjects are very interesting, reformed history, why reformed church is necessary not a choice? Many people think it is just a choice, but we believe it is a must. And, reformed eschatology, in the sense of positively developing our view, not much dialogues with other wrong views of eschatology, in that way, our people will fully know what we believe and have comfort in this uncertain age.

By the way, our country is rather small; it is the same size as your Texas state, but we have 130 plus tribes and almost 200 plus languages and different customs. That is why though the country is small but the problems are so much.

In His providence care we can still have Thursday Bible class, and we still discussing "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine." I was sick for three weeks of pneumonia, that is why we have to rest three weeks, so we are still on lesson 18, about covenant of grace. We had a great deal of discussions because, the idea of covenant as friendship never reach this land; only we PR people learned from PR people of USA, so with delight we discuss it. And though some of old class members no more, but three new young men the Lord brought in, so with great interesting they are learning.

I am still busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation, I am editing now the book of 2 Timothy and I preached every week from out of that editing. And I reached translating chapter 31 of the book of Deuteronomy. Evening services Heidelberg Catechism, now I reach LD 19.

Though, I stop Bible Class, three weeks for pneumonia, could not stop preaching on Sunday and putting out Reformed Digest every week.

On Sunday Digest, I am still translating "For They Truth's Sake" by Prof. Hanko; now I am translating the chapter of "marriage and family." And I reached "Come, Ye Children," by Gertrude Hoeksema, "Naomi and Ruth." Catechism classes, younger one, we started Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma; this week we reach lesson 18.

Older youth, I am teaching "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, A Guide in Catechetical Instruction" by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, Revised by Prof. Herman Hanko," Our re-discussion on the points that the youth have to know more still continue, so we kind of free-hand discussions, youth asked me from lessons that they like to know more about or things they did not very clear the first time.

I am translating, "Unfolding Covenant History," by Homer C. Hoeksema, I am translating the topic "God's Creation of the Firmament."

Thank you very much for supporting my ministry till today, without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please, continues to pray for us, so that the name of the Lord will be glorified here in this land. I and my family also pray always for all of you and your families and congregations. In the worship, at the congregational prayer also, always pray for you. The Lord's blessings to you all.

 

Your brother,

Rev. Titus

 

 

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PRC Congregational and Mission News - March 12, 2017

The following PRC congregational and mission news items may be mentioned on this Lord's Day of March 12, 2017.

Congrgegational news:

  • On Tuesday night, March 7, Zion PRC (Hudsonville, MI) voted to call Rev. Carl Haak (Georgetown PRC).
  • On Wednesday night, March 8, Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI) voted to call Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC).
  • The Council of First PRC, Holland, MI has formed a new trio of Rev. S. Key, Rev. W. Langerak and Rev. J. Mahtani. A congregational meeting is planned for Sunday, March 19, following the evening worship service.

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The delegates to the PRCP Classis seated for the meeting

Mission news:

  • The Council of Doon PRC has drawn up a new trio for calling a third missionary to the Philippines. It is made up of Revs. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), and B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA). The congregation plans to call on March 19.
  • From Provident CC bulletin for this date we learn this: Rev. Holstege will lead both services in PCC today. Rev. Kleyn is preaching in the PRC in Bulacan today. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Vernon Ibe will lead both of our worship services and Rev. Holstege will preach for the Berean PRC.
  • The pictures above and below are from the recent meeting of the PRCP Classis, which met Feb.28, 2017 at Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela (north side of Manila). For more on this, visit the Kleyn's blog.

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The delegates to the PRCP Classis, along with the two missionaries who serve as advisors.

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New Ministerial Calls Extended by SW and Zion PRCs

Jer3 15 pastorsTwo PRC congregations voted to extend new calls for pastors this week.

On Tuesday night, March 7, Zion PRC (Hudsonville, MI) voted to call Rev. Carl Haak (Georgetown PRC).

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On Wednesday night, March 8, Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI) voted to call Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC).

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May the Lord of the church make His will known to these men, and give them grace to follow that will.

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News from Classis West, March 1, 2017 - Stated Clerk's Report

News From Classis West

    HopeRedlandsPRCClassis West met on Wednesday, March 1, in Redlands, CA.  Visiting Redlands for Classis in early March is a nice break for many of the delegates.  Delegates who live in colder climates enjoy a break from winter’s cold, and all enjoy a break from the normal routine of work.  The fellowship was warm, both in temperature and in spirit.
    Attended by two delegates from each church, and chaired by Rev. Kuiper, Classis treated both routine and weighty matters.
    Weighty were two matters of discipline regarding which a consistory sought Classis’ advice.  After hearing of the extensive work of the consistory regarding the two baptized members, Classis advised the consistory to proceed to erasure in both cases.
    Routine were the reports of the stated clerk, classical committee, church visitors, and reading sermon committee.  The church visitors reported using the text Deuteronomy 17:18-20 and the theme “An Officebearer’s Dependence On the Word of God” for their visits.  They testified to finding “unity, peace, and love prevailing in our congregations,” with the officebearers “faithfully carrying out the duties of their offices according to their abilities.”  Carrying out this aspect of mutual oversight, the visitors incurred expenses of $6,430.75.
    Not routine, and also weighty, were two requests from ministers, coming through their consistories, to be declared emeritus.  Rev. T. Miersma, presently serving Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, requested emeritation due to age (66) and increasing physical limitations and infirmities.  Classis granted this request and will forward it to synod for final approval.  Rev. R. Hanko, presently serving our congregation in Lynden, WA, also requested emeritation.  His stated reason for his request was neither age nor health, but his desire to be closer to his son Neal who lives in Spokane.  Most of us are aware that Neal has special needs which require him to live in an institution.  Classis rejected Rev. Hanko’s request as not satisfying the requirements of Article 13 of our Church Order.  Classis also advised Rev. Hanko and Lynden’s consistory regarding several specific issues which any future request for early emeritation must address.
    Routine, for the March meeting, was the treatment of subsidy requests.  Six churches requested subsidy for 2018, for a total of $276,055.  Two churches asked for the same amount of subsidy as in 2017; two asked for more than 2017, explaining their reasons; two asked for less.  Each church submitted financial documents supporting its request, as well as a letter explaining what efforts it was making to reduce the amount of subsidy it needs.  All six requests were approved and forwarded to synod.
    Also routine was the task of voting for various classical functionaries.  For three year terms, Rev. C. Griess was appointed to the classical committee, Rev. D. Kuiper as stated clerk, and Rev. J. Marcus as assistant stated clerk.  Revs. A. Brummel, S. Key, R. Kleyn, and D. Kuiper were appointed church visitors for the coming year, with Revs. J. Laning and T. Miersma as alternates.  Classis appointed Revs. S. Key and N. Langerak to three year terms as primus and secundus synodical deputy, which appointment requires the final approval of synod before going into effect.
    Ministers delegated to synod were Revs. B. Huizinga, S. Key, R. Kleyn, D. Kuiper, and J. Laning, with Revs. A. Brummel, J. Engelsma, C. Griess, N. Langerak, and J. Marcus as their alternates.  Elder delegates are Robert Brands (Loveland), Keith Bruinsma (Peace), Henry Ferguson (Edmonton), Chester Hunter (Edgerton), and Alan Meurer (Bethel).  Should they be unable to attend, they will call on their alternates, who are Rod Griess (Loveland), Loren Gritters (Hull), Steve Huizenga (Crete), Ed Stouwie (Crete), and Ed VanEgdom (Heritage).
    The expenses of this meeting totaled $10,985.41.
    The fall meeting of Classis is scheduled for September 27, 2017, hosted by Hull PRC.
    We thank God for the traveling mercies He gave the delegates and for the brotherly spirit that prevailed at the meeting.  And we - delegates not only, but all members of the PRC - now earnestly beseech Him to use the decisions which were made for the good of our churches, and to give those affected by these decisions the grace to receive them in a humble and willing spirit.
    Rev. Douglas Kuiper, Stated Clerk

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PRC Congregational, Classis, and Mission News - March 5, 2017

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On this Lord's Day of March 5, 2017 the following news items from the PRC congregations and mission fields may be noted:

Congregational News:

  • The Council of the newly organized Zion PRC has formed a trio of Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI), Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown- Hudsonville, MI), and Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace- Spokane, WA.) The congregation plans to call this Tuesday, March 7.
  • SW PRC's Council has formed a new trio from which the congregation will call a new pastor.  The ministers are Rev. Steve Key (Loveland), Rev. William Langerak (SE), and Rev. Jon Mahtani (Cornerstone). The congregation will vote after the Prayer Day service this Wednesday, March 8.

Mission and Evangelism News:

  • The congregation of Byron Center PRC voted on Feb.26 to call Rev. W. Langerak to serve as home missionary.
  • Grace PRC's Spring Lake (MI) Bible Study will meet Tuesday evening, March 7, at 7 PM and will consider Genesis 3:21ff. (Meets in the public library)

Classis West News (this information was taken from church bulletins in Classis West. Look for the official stated clerk's report in the Classis West section soon):

Classis West met this past Wednesday in Redlands, CA. In closed session Classis advised a consistory to proceed with the erasure of two of their baptized members. Classis approved the emeritation request of Rev. Miersma and the consistory of Immanuel PRC and passed this along to Synod for final approval. If approved, Rev. Miersma plans to lay down his work in September. Classis rejected the emeritation request of Rev. Hanko and the consistory of Lynden PRC due in part to the fact that the documents submitted did not adequately demonstrate how he has been rendered incapable of performing his work. Subsidy requests for six congregations were approved and forwarded to Synod. Voting for synodical delegates resulted in the following men being chosen: Revs. Huizinga, Key, Kleyn, Kuiper, and Laning; Elders Robert Brands (Loveland PRC), Keith Bruinsma (Peace PRC), Henry Ferguson (Edmonton PRC), Chester Hunter (Edgerton PRC), and Al Meurer (Bethel PRC). Classis is scheduled to meet again on September 27 in Hull PRC.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for March 2017

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for March 2017 on the RWH radio program.

revrkleynRev. Rodney, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, continues his four-month service for the RWH program with a new series on the law of God. This month he will cover the 4th through the 7th commandments.

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 76th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Below are the messages scheduled for this month, also in flyer form (attached in pdf).

March 5, 2017 - Sunday: a Day of Rest, Exodus 20:8-11

March 12, 2017 - Honor Father and Mother, Exodus 20:12

March 19, 2017 - Do Not Murder!, Exodus 20:13

March 26, 2017 - Sexual Purity, Exodus 20:14

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Did you know the RWH also has a new Facebook page? Visit it for the latest news and information on our program.

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